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of the united states house of representatives. the united states senate, the senate majority leader, the speaker of the house, the honorable edward brooke, and the president of the united states. [applause] [applause] [applause] [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, majority leader of the united states senate, the honorable harry reid. [applause] >> everyone, please be seated. november 6, 1962, was a special day for president john kennedy. it was a day his brother ted won his old seat in the united states senate. the seat he would hold for the next 46 years, until just two months ago. a seat from which he would greatly improve the lives of his fellow americans. but on that election night, president kennedy took particular notice of another result from that same ballot in massachusetts. the people of the president's home state had elected edward brooke to be its attorney general, making him the first african-american to hold statewide office in massachusetts and the first african-american to serve as any state's attorney general. president john kennedy exclaimed, and i quote, "that's the biggest ne
of radicals. it indicates that radicalization of violence are taking place in the united states. one year ago, the department of homeland security issued a warning lead to an al qaeda plot against a railroad and commuter network. it linked to a new yorker who radicalized the violence around new york city before travelling to pakistan to seek out an opportunity to court is a paid in violent issue had -- violent jihad. four men were outside a community center in riverdale. they were radicalized in the united states. july 2009, seven men were arrested by authorities in north carolina. they possess weapons and 27,000 rounds of ammunition with plans to attack the marine base in virginia. they were inspired by al qaeda and radicalize in the united states. this past september, a man was arrested as part of an al qaeda conspiracy to attack locations in new york city with hydrogen peroxide based explosives. it was one of the most serious plot sense of 9/11. he lived in the united stated during his formative years before departing for pakistan. later that same september, a 21- year-old from new york's
and gentlemen, the president of the united states. >> ladies and gentlemen, please remain standing for the procession of our nation's colors and those of our veterans service organizations and the united states air force concert band plays the -- plays the "national emblem march". ♪ ♪ ♪ [the "national emblem march" playing] ♪ >> please remain standing for the prayer for all veterans delivered by chaplain keith etheridge, director of the department of veterans affairs chaplain service. >> please join me in prayer. eternal god, another year has passed and once again we get there before you in this sacred amphitheater to pray and honor american veterans. as we gather here, we see new faces of family members still grieving the loss of loved ones who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the cause of freedom. we pray for them and for all veterans and their families who gather in ceremonies large and small at this hour to honor the living and the dead who have served in our armed forces. we especially pray for our soldiers set fort hood and for their families -- bless our veterans
and representatives. there are more women serving at any time. there are 17 women serving in the united states senate and 74 women serving in the united states house of representatives. of those congresswomen currently serving, 14 are currently members of the c.b.c. since the first representative of color, patsy minching of hawaii won election in 1964, a total 39 women of color have served. 30 of these women were elected after 1990. and a total of 38 have served in the house of representatives where carol mostly brown of illinois is the only women to serve from 1993 to 1999. the first african-american was sharle chisholm. and there are some states who have never elected a woman to congress, delaware, iowa, mississippi and vermont and i look forward to having women from those states join us at some point, madam speaker. there are historic number of women currently serving in congress, including the first woman speaker of the house, nancy pelosi, who was elected speaker in 2007. the 111th congress understands that our nation's laws must include and respond to all our citizens, including women. women in
're unique here in the united states of america. madam speaker, we're a unique people and, yes, we are the progeny of western europe and we're the progeny that came from primarily western european stock and at the time that we received the best that western europe had to offer, we also received a fundamental christian faith as the core of our moral values. and this is a judeo-christian nation, madam speaker. the core of our moral values is embodied within the culture. whether people of whatever church people go to or whether they go to church, wherever they worship or whether they worship, we still have the american people as a culture who understand christian values and christian principles, the judeo-christian values that are timeless. and so i would illustrate that, madam speaker, in this way. that when -- an example would be this, let's just say if an honorable man from texas were to pull into his driveway and his neighbor's dog had gotten loose and ran underneath the tire of his car and if he killed -- if you're in texas or iowa or most of the places in the country, if you run
to the import of work ahead, and thank you for coming today. may god continue to bless the united states of america. [applause] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2009] >> still to come, a discussion on attorney general eric holder's announcement to hold civilian trial support 9/11 plotters in new york city. after that, today's memorial service for pulitzer prize winner jack nelson. later, another chance to see former president george w. bush reflect on his a-year presidency and decisions made during his administration. the u.s. house is back in session tomorrow at 2:00 eastern for legislative business. live coverage of the house is on c-span. the senate also returns tomorrow, continuing work on fiscal year 2010 federal spending for the veterans department and military construction. majority leader harry reid has said the senate may began its healthcare debate later in the week. the senate will gavel in at 2:00 p.m. eastern. live coverage on c-span2. >> c-span's 2010 student camp contest is here. the top prize is $5,
bring about a new energy frontier for the united states of america and that we would be partners with the rest of our agencies in bringing about a solution for the realities of climate change in which we face. in the last nine months, our team has worked closely with members of the white house and with congress as we move forward with that agenda. you will hear much more about this. i see our department as being the energy suppliers for the united states of america. we produce about 30% of the natural gas in the united states. we produced about 40% of the coal that we use here in america. . . ls which this department has had responsibility for overseeing its production from the public lands we also have opened up a new chapter for america in the department of interior. and that's our efforts to send up renewable energy and really to engage in the energy revolution that we see spreading across the united states of america. and so the efforts you'll hear about today are about how we are capturing the wind from the high plains and from the deserts in arizona and we are capturing the
voice. we are under a vote right now. this is what we used. the biggest voice in the united states is the voice of the american people. i was reading in the journals . . that is the wife of our second president. our second president, john adams. abigail adams wrote in her journals and diaries, and very personal insight. she said, after all we have done. after all that has happened. i wonder if generations on born will ever know what was done for them. at the sacrifice, the toyo, -- toil, treasure, heartache, what was spent to secure liberty and freedom. the fathers knew the cost. you literally stand with us on how aground. this is hallowed ground of freedom. that freedom was purchased at an incalculable price that others of us cannot truly comprehend. for 233 years, every generation that has come before has faithfully handed the baton of freedom to the next generation. so now, we are that privileged generation. privileged to be here today. privileged as you stand here in place for other freedom loving americans all over the country today. they would give anything to be where you ar
the cases should be brought. >> that assumes that the person is in the united states for one thing and he is not. let me close with this point. you said, and this really bothers me, mr. attorney general, with all due respect. for eight years justice has been delayed for the victims of the 9/11 attacks. i want to put in the record, mr. chairman, ask unanimous consent to enter justice delayed by andrew mckarthy and i'll quote two paragraphs from this. this is chutzpah at large, he writes. the reason there were so few military trials is the tireless campaign conducted by leftist lawyers to derail military tribunals by challenging them in the courts. many of those lawyers are now working for the obama justice deputy and that includes holder who volunteered his services to at least 18 of america's enemies and lawsuits they brought to the american people and it concludes within two years ksm and four fellow war criminals stood ready to plead guilty and proceed to execution and then the obama administration blew into washington. want to talk delay? obama shut down the commission by pleading guil
, flexible regulation the united states had the best economy in the world. only in the last 20, since we decided that government was always the problem, have we done. i think the search for thoughtful, reasonable regulation is exactly what we need. spl of that regulation may only be registration. i think a fair amount of it might be so that we will know where the pools of money are that are investing in our country and commage the way we were. i think it is reasonable, i think it is thoughtful, and i think it is easy to find. >> mr. pagliuca. >> i think what happened was a direct result of us not having appropriate regulation and enforcement. the crisis was caused by banks that decided they would take short-term risks to make long-term profits, and not long-term profits. we got over-extended. swayings like i.a.g. put this whole country at risk. so i come out with a plan. you can go to my web site and see this plan. it calls for a strong central regulator. it is not unlike what we did after 9-11 to coordinate various bodies. second, it must be national. if we have laxed regulations in one
that there are 200 million jews and the world and israel is half the size of europe. it is not. the united states and canada are roughly 400 times each the size of israel. the arab world is 500 times the size of israel. egypt alone is roughly the 40 times the size of israel. and even a small country like jordan, our neighbor to the east, is almost four times as big. israel is bigger than rhode island. [laughter] that is about it. [laughter] now, mind you, small countries are not necessarily insecure. belgium and luxembourg are small, but today they are not insecure. if their neighbors included radical regimes bent on their conquest, bent on their destruction, it they fell the -- if they feel that terror proxy's that fire thousands of missiles on their population, believe me, they too would feel insecure. anybody would. because of our small size and the radical and violent neighborhood in which we live, israel faces security threats like that of no other nation. here are two facts from recent days alone that will drive this point home. a few days ago, the israeli navy it predicted that the ship ca
of the united states, peace can become a reality. [applause] we can surprise a skeptical world. achieving peace is a great challenge facing israel. at the un in september, i spoke of another great challenge. preventing iran from developing a nuclear weapons capability. the iranian regime tyrannizes its people, sponsors and supplies terrorists and openly pledges to wipe israel off the map. just imagine how much more dangerous this regime would be it had atomic bombs. the responsible members of the international community must unite to prevent this grave threat to the pace of the entire world. i support president obama's continued efforts towards these ends. i appreciate the firm position taken by the leading european governments. we must not succumb to the iranian regime's cutting into its to see. we must stand together to stop tehran from realizing its nuclear ambitions. in addition to achieving peace, and to preventing a nuclear iran, there is a third momentous challenge before us. reducing the world's dependence on oil. this would help cleanse our world after more than a century of industrial
states of america. >> please rise and join in the united states air force concert band in "god bless america." ♪ ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, please remain standing as we retire the colors. retire the colors. ♪ @@@@@@@ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ @ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, this concludes the national veterans ceremony. please beasts -- remain seated. [applause] >> thank you for coming to honor all served. -- all research. -- all who served. ♪ morning, a wonderful, rainy, washington morning. if you were in the infantry, i am sure you appreciate a day am sure you appreciate a day >> welcome to the world war ii memorial. and also we make a special welcome to any world war ii veterans who are here. my second order of business to commence is to ask you to be sure to check this is turned off. make sure your cell phone is turned off, please. our organization is joining today with the national park service as a sponsor of this event. friends of the world war ii memorial. we also welcome and armed forces color guard from the military district of washington. after they have present
is the commander in chief and the president of the united states. we respect his judgment. let's see what he recommends before we stake out any turf. i want the president to know that that last vote was a heavy lift. and it is heartbreaking, and some people say these people have been staving off invaders for thousands of years, and now we are going to teach them how to fight. but it is important for us to be able to train the afghan army to do better. you have to have a partner. again, let's see what the president has to say. ambassador eikenberry, also general eikenberry, his admonitions were interesting new received by many people. i spoke with him wednesday morning, and i do not believe he had made a decision yet. my understanding is he will make it soon and announce it when it comes back from his trip. so then we will see what he proposes and see how it is received. not to make any predictions about a vote until we know what we are voting on, that is always important. >> one personal question, you come from a family that was both political and prolific. you were the six, and you have fiv
will not be transferred to the united states for prosecution until all legal requirements are satisfied, including those in recent legislation requiring a 45-day notice and report to the congress. i have already spoken this morning to governor paterson and to mayor bloomberg and they are committed to working closely to ensure that all security and related concerns are properly addressed. i have every confidence that we can safely hold these trials in new york as we have so many previous terrorist trials. for the many americans who lost friends and relatives in the attacks of september 11, 2001 and on the uss cole, nothing can bring back those loved ones. but they deserve the opportunity to see the alleged plotters of those attacks held accountable in open court, an opportunity that has too long been delayed. today's announcement marks a significant step forward in our efforts to close guantanamo and to bring to justice those individuals who have conspired to attack our nation and our interests abroad. for over two hundred years, our nation has relied on a faithful loot -- relied on the appearance -- on
, i'm going to work to get climate change legislation that can get 60 votes through the united states senate, and signed into law. i have worked very hard and you especially have worked hard, madam chairman, as you proceed forward and we will be able to work closely together to craft a bill that would create jobs in sacramento, california and helena, montana. we will craft a bill that will protect yosemite and yellow stone and that decreases our national security, by decreasing dependence on foreign oil and ultimately we will craft a bill that will secure america's economic end and environmental future for generations. i'm pledged to that. >> senator baucus, thank you so much. any colleagues wish to be heard? >> thank you very much, madam chair, and thank you again for your determination through this process. we know how important this big is. and i will be voting to report this bill out of committee, but as i said yesterday, i have a number of amendments that i'm frustrated i wasn't able to introduce because of the procedural barriers put up here by the fact our colleagues have not c
-- a tribute to each of them. may god bless you, may god bless our soldiers, families and the united states of america. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, the chief of staff of the army, general george casey. >> good afternoon. president and mrs. obama, governor perry, governor doyle, secretary gates, secretary shinseki, many distinguished members of congress from across the country, secretary of the army general, and iraq -- admiral and mrs. mike mullen, families and friends, it is a tradition in one of our special operations units to go to the book of isaiah out when they are eulogizing fallen comrades. proud of their willingness to accept any challenge for this country, at the funeral they read -- then i heard the voice of the lord saying, whom shall i send? and who will go for us? then i said, here and my. send me. -- her ae am i. this gives voice to every spirit of service that lives in every soldier. it is the spirit we saw in the 13 soldiers who gave their lives here, men and women who believed in the values this country stands for and men and women who willingly served those ideals
11 years in the united states senate. many people believe that this generation of americans will be the first whose standard of living is less than those before them. our failure to act now will guarantee that they're right. thank you, mr. chairman. >>> thank you senator voinovich. i i'm told that the senate's >> a staffer will command it to coordinate the moment of silence. senator feinstein, we are delighted you are here. appreciate the leadership you have provided. you were an early advocate of a special process, working with the former distinguished chairman of this committee. now you're working with senator cornyn. we appreciate your willingness to testify. >> thank you very much, mr. chairman, and a ranking member gregg, senator reed order, and senator sessions. i thank you for those comments -- senator -- -- senator warner. this was introduced in february 2007 and senator cornyn and ivory -- i read introduced the bill this year. perhaps because i am a mayor, i tend to look at things in terms of what is actually spent and so i always had become a critical criteria for
, the president of the united states, you can have whatever you like as long as the boss approves it. as long as the boss approves it. let me just conclude by saying, the people that came up here today had a prescription for america. and they told us and i had one in my pocket and i didn't have chance to share it with them, but here's my prescription, 10 prescriptions, indeed, for a healthy america, no government-run health care plan, no cuts to seniors' care, no new deficit spending, the president promised that. no new taxes. that's in the republican bill. no rationing of care. the seniors don't want to get thrown under the bus. but they will under 3962. no individual or employer mandate. that's unconstitutional to force people, to force them, we want taupe courage them, we want to lower the prices as the republican bill does, so they can get health insurance but in a voluntary way and we don't want to have taxpayer-funded coverage for illegal immigrants and we -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. gingrey: mr. speaker, thank you for your patience. i think we've p
on in both the united states and in cuba. and firstly perhaps i could advise you with respect to the habeas corpus memorandum. we have an order from mr. khadr's habeas corpus judge a u.s. district court in d.c. this is something we should have put in your book of authorities but neglected to. as this order indicates that habeas proceeding has been stayed so it is not advancing at the present time. and as you can see from the terms of this order it has essentially been stayed pending the outcome of the military commission prosecution and also the appeals that would follow such a prosecution. >> so it's suspended rather than stayed? >> well, the order is stayed but, i suppose, it could be suspended. but mr. khadr is not able to advance that application at the present time because of the existence of the prosecution. now, what happened after that is the prosecution was moving ahead more or less when we received the executive order from president obama, which is at tab 3 of our condensed book. this was signed just a couple days after president obama's nothing else. -- inauguration. there's a nu
. it will be necessary to have such a fund. and that fund should not be the united states treasury. we're going to be risking more debt to enact this -- to enact this proposal. so the amendment would prohibit the united states treasury from being used as a means for capital reserve funds. the amendment also clarifies that the public plan would need to seek investments or use premiums to create a capital reserve fund similar to that which is required of other health plans. allowing the united states treasury to be the ultimate backstop will encourage -- would encourage the plan to act recklessly. we've already seen what happens when this is applied. while this bill prohibits bailouts of the public plan using the treasury has a promise of government backing is indirectly, we're allowing such. the public plan can still use the faith and credit of the united states to stabilize their risk. if it's good enough for business, it's good enough for insurers. even casinos, it should be good enough for the public plan. shouldn't they play by the same rules as everyone else. it is committed to a public pla
were intending to carry out attacks in the united states. just over the last four or five months. they've all been stopped. unfortunately, one wasn't, a lone wolf in arkansas. we watched him periodically 'cause he'd gone to yemen to try to get some training. came back and one day just got up and walked into an army recruiting station in little rock and killed the army recruiter. most people in the room, most people in the america probably never heard of that or remember. that's one victim that we've had. but if you want to look at the case of azazzi. a american citizen, became radicalized in various ways. went to pakistan. had contact with the highest levels of al-qaeda. came back here as has been reported in the press now and began to work with others to acquire materials to carry out massive attacks, suicide bombings, the kinds that unfortunately see in the news in pakistan and iraq and afghanistan. and we picked him up without saying too much almost as a blip on a screen. a piece of information. and then began to track him with the extraordinary cooperative efforts of our intelligen
the memory of those that we have lost. make up less the 90 state of america. -- may and god bless the united states of america. [applause] ♪ ñr stanza 6 anon. sound, that saved a wretch like me. i once was lost but now am found, was blind, but now i see. t'was grace that taught my heart to fear. and grace, my fears relieved. how precious did that grace appear the hour i first believed. when we've been there 10,000 years, bright shining as the sun we've no last placdays to sing's praise than when we first began. [applause] a reading from the 43rd chapter of isaiah. had you not known? had you not heard? the war of the everlasting god, the creature of the end of the earth does not grow weary. his understanding is unparalleled. he gives power to the bait. to him who has no might, he increases strength. young men shall fall exhausted, but they wait for the lord shall renew their strength. they shall mount up with wings like eagles. they shall run and not be weary. they shall walk and not faint. here in the reading. have you not heard? these words from isaiah call our word to attention and focu
about that a little bit? i hear everybody talk about energy here in the united states, us not depending on our oil anymore. when exxon just secured those oil fields there, and i will listen to the comment, thank you. guest: again, this is another good question. don't yell at exxon, they are in the business and they have to find energy, oil supplies to bring into the united states to meet our demand. but we will never be free to make political decisions about whether we get involved in wars. so many of those are involved of energy, and in the middle east, and it's an underlying issue of risking our oil supply. what we have do as a country is uptempo our sources of energy. boone pickens talks about natural gas, and there is the shales that can help, and we have to run more energy like biodiesel, we have to free ourselves from that, then we will no longer have to make decisions to to go to war or who to support based on energy needs. we should produce our own energy. we can do it, it's interesting in the last 30 years we have gone from importing 35% of our energy needs to 65%. we have to
that mistake. we think we need to be ready for additional waves here in the united states. >> so the plan is because of the unpredictability, and though somewhat informed by experience that the manufacturing facilities are going to continued to turn out the vaccine, and the country is going to continue to urge people particularly in that 160 million at-risk population to get the vaccine. am i right? >> yes, that is right. we would imagine for the following year that if this strain is persisting, it might be rolled into the vaccine, be new the winter and spring, we feel like ongoing efforts of prevention are important. >> okay. well, i appreciate the testimony. i had a question for you, but since senator collins put you in the limelight, and i have to go vote, dr. garza, but obviously, secretary of homeland security is the incident manager here and i know you staff her and support her in that role, but i hope that you and she together will go back to look at this, and try to draw some lessons from it. so that, so that some of the great things that have been done here don't for some reason
unfold, the american people have come out to the polls today across the eastern part of the united states and their voice is being heard. as our voice has been heard sometimes in the echo chamber in the house of representatives, now the real voice of the people has been heard through the ballot boxes in place hes like virginia and new jersey and as we wait to see how it unfolds above and beyond that. this is, mr. speaker, a time for choosing. this is a time for the american people to step up and reclaim their freedom. american people understand what's happened in the last year, a little more than the last year. they understand that there was a secretary of the treasury that came to this capitol and demanded $700 billion tarp fund and a lot of us said no. and everybody here on the floor i believe i'm looking at said no. and along came the nationalization of three large investment banks and a.i.g. and freddie mac and fannie mae and general motors and chrysler and $750 billion economic stimulus package that may have saved government jobs, but hasn't created anything that has to do the way yo
from michigan points out, we do have another document here and that is the united states constitution and i think the most dramatic contrast is when you take speaker pelosi's approach to health care, 20 pounds by the way and i have carried this around to know it is about 20 pounds of paper and you take the u.s. constitution and contrast it to this massive document of 1,990 pages and this is the founding document of our country. we don't need a government takeover of health care, we need to fix the problems that are broke. we don't need to break the things that are great in this country. we need to continue this debate and encourage the american people to stay engaged because the american people want the problems fixed, but they don't want the government that couldn't even run a cash for clunkers program properly to be taking over their health care and interfere in their relationship with their doctor. . mr. broun: frankly if you look at that document, the small one you just dropped down, the constitution of the united states, you won't find any constitutional authority in that documen
the foreclosure crisis here in the united states. but i can't allow some of the comments that i just heard go without challenge. i heard it said we have only been given 72 hours to read the bill. i think, mr. speaker, you remember back at the end of july, there was a push to try to vote on the health care plan. i, along with you and many others, suggested that the american people have time, that they have time to read the health care bill, that we have time to digest this. we had town hall meetings and i have had more than 100 town hall meetings. we have had far more than 72 hours. they said we need 72 hours for this particular bill. so the bill itself, which is simply a modification of bills that we have been discussing, that we have been hearing in committee, bills that we have been meeting on for months, was introduced on friday. i put it on my website and many people put on their website. there has been plenty of time. so if you want to oppose health care, then obviously that is up to you to oppose health care. but let's not hide behind this thing about 72 hours. we have had months to dis
,000. united states, as jim said, will soon lose its aaa bond rating. the dollar appears to be losing its important status as the primary international reserve currency. meaning everything traded internationally, such as food and oil, will increase in price. our biggest bankers are japan and china and oil exporting countries like saudi arabia. is it a good idea to be so indebted to countries like saudi arabia and communist china? my computer was compromised by the chinese, where human rights are an afterthought. catholic bishops in jail, protestant pastors in jail. the news we got friday, unemployment has now hit 10.2%. can't you feel it? can't you feel something just not right. there is no other way to deal with the problem. congress is never going to tackle the growing cancer of overspending on its own. the system is broken. in my 29 years in congress, i have never, and i was elected with mr. gregg. we were in the same class -- i have never seen a more partisanship and divisive congress than i have today. i often refer to the old simon and gar fun curveball song when i talk about the is
of the united states and particularly for their brethren who is have served in the field which is what we just did on veterans day. these are washington's own words that he wrote in his resignation at the end. and finally, does he, god, would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy and to demean ourselves with charity and humility and specific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the divine author of our blessed religion. that's who he thought was the divine author of our blessed reasonable. and without a noble invitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation and he signed that, honored to be with great respect an esteemed, your excellency's most humble servant, george washington. now that was our first president. the first commander in chief. those were his words, that's what he thought. he thought we had a divine author of our blessed religion. he didn't know what our current president knows, apparently. out here we have a painting right outside, a massive painting, of the constitutional convention. after nearly
with the united states. courts aren't in the best position to do that. >> how would you characterize what the legal obligation was on the part of the canadian government to mr. khadr? >> well, the answer that's been given by many courts around the world repeatedly is the government has a duty to consider the request. no court has gone further than that. the south african constitutional court said it's a duty to consider, the english court of appeals didn't go any further than that. the australian federal court didn't go further than that. we've even put a case from the german constitutional court, the rudolph hess case, an germany has a duty to protect written into their constitution, and they -- even in the face of written text in the constitution, they were willing to go no farther than to say there's a discretion. and it goes no farther at international law. even in international law, the prohibition against torture, which is a peremptory norm of international law, the position at international law is that the state has a discretion to raise torture with another state. there's no -- th
at the constitution of the united states. so after a time, a number of years, he began to see the document as a hope and you wonder, am i being consistent? if i am not being consistent, there is not anything to prevent me from doing what i want. everyone will have something different what they want and we will have chaos. so there is a different pattern. you begin to see things as a whole. looking back, i think, yes, there are certain principles or purchase or ways that a judge will have of approaching certain problems. >> there is a lot to be setup with the approach. one of my favorite cartoons is two justices in robes coming off the bench, and one says what i really get a kick of is taking the law into my own hands. [laughter] >> the court decided four years ago when it ruled on the death penalty being unconstitutional for juvenile under the age of 18. justice scalia, why do you think it is wrong? >> because i think what the ban and in 1791 when it was adopted, it means today. for example, why not say that the death penalty is unconstitutional apply to everybody, not just people under 18? what sto
be the united states is no more cruel than it was then, but it provides to other provisions of the bill of rights as well. for example some of the provisions according trial rights to defendants. many people today don't think these provisions are as important as the framers did, such as the right to trial by jury. britain polished it for minor crimes, even, and for all civil matters. now, the constitution guarantees it for all civil matters, common law exsithe -- exceeding $20. the constitution assures criminal defendants, for example, that they have the right to confront witnesses against them. and it is clear what confronting means. it is clear the witness has to come to court and testify. there are people that think it is a lot of trouble. europeans never did it that way and there are some people that think we shouldn't do it that way and that has been one of the issues before our court. if you believe in an evolving constitution you would eliminate the right of confrontation, which our court did essentially for 20 years. you don't have to come into court. the court can submit hire,
in the united states. -- we also have a very high immunization coverage rate in the united states. as you mentioned, there are many to wonder about the safety of the vaccine. what we say over and over again is what we know. we know that these vaccines are being made exactly the same way as the seasonal flu vaccine. in the u.s., about 100 million people get the seasonal flu vaccine every year and have a good safety track record. not every form of prevention is promised to be 100% safe, so we have a monitoring system to be ready if there are problems and we find quickly and take action. i think the most important thing for consumers here and in france is that we are as transparent as possible. i could say we are really committed to that. the question from the phone? >> thank you for taking my question. the cdc editorial talks about these numbers that have been reported from august 31 through the end of october and talks about flu activity being substantially above historic levels since record-keeping began. could you put this in perspective? what did the historical levels mean? >> we have b
capping a career in service to the united states. originally opponented by president bill clinton to the post of director of the national security agency. general hayden became the longest director serving from 1999 to 2005 in that time he worked to put a human face on the famously secretive agency, sensing that the world of information was changing rapidly and that the agency would have to keep up with the new atmosphere. he directed an effort to explain to the american people the roll of the n.s.a. and also to make it more visible on the national scene. from april 2005 to may 2006, general hayden was the number one military intelligence officer in the country serving as a deputy director of national intelligence in that capacity who ever saw the entire national security community, including the n.s.a., national intelligence agency and the n.r.o. he maintained the specialties and unique qualities that made them successful. general hayden entered active duty in the u.s. air force in 1969 after earning a bachelor's degree in history in a master's degree in modern american history.
to the highest ranks of the united states army secretary shinseki's almost 40 years of military service were characterized by an parallel devotion to the troops in his charge. now it is secretary shinseki's responsibility to see all who have served receive the care they have earned. i can think of no better champion for our veterans in no better partner for the department of defense when addressing these issues. in a few minutes secretary shinseki will outline some of the broader issues facing the departments of defense and veterans affairs when it comes to mental health. i want to use my time here to reaffirm the department of defense's commitment to face squarely and doggedly the psychological consequences of today's complex within the ranks of the u.s. military. beyond waging the wars were and, the treatment of our one did, they are continuing care and eventual reintegration into everyday life is my highest priority. i consider this a solem pact between those who have risked and suffered and the nation that oppose them its eternal gratitude. so i want to talk about three main topics. firs
in a year. >> it is two-thirds of all the newspapers in the united states and bring him. >> -- united states bring ain. talking about sergey brin and larry page, it's still a tourist request -- its silver stick -- was that you? >> nat is from me. >>-- that is from me. it is kind of like a woodstock retreat in the desert and it is in late august and people from all over the world come to it. some bring music some bring drugs. it is a communal experience for a week. -- some bring music and some bring drugs. it is a communal experience for a week and they always went and loved it and loved that sense of liberation that was represented. one of the reasons they were attracted to eric schmidt and convinced he was not a suit was that he also went. >> would you ever go? >> no. >> why not? >> i have no interest in doing that. bohemian grove are a bunch of people who walk around and use open urinals and who knows what else they do. it is not something that interests me. i am not interested in going around hugging people. >> what kind of people go to burning man? >> bohemian grove are the ceo's of majo
is say former secretary of the united states senate. he was a longtime friend and associate of senator byrd and many other senators. >> are the people here paid for by the foundation? yes, we are not on the federal payroll. we are not on the university peril. >> who determined that senator byrd wouldn't get the money to create a senate -- a center like this? >> -- would get the money to create a center like this? >> we started this about six years ago. the group is called the association of centers for the study of congress. there are 40 members and a number of other members of our part of the organization. the word -- but would include the alberts center. he was a speaker in the 1950's and '60's. >> when you were historian, who was the speaker? >> i served under tip o'neill, jim white and tom foley. i was hired by speaker neil in 1983. >> the carl albert center is in norman, oklahoma. >> they collect not only oklahoma collections but 40 or 50 other congressional collections. some of the newer ones are the howard baker center at the university of tennessee in knoxville that just opened
see early evidence of their recovery. real gdp in the united states rose an estimated 3.5% at an annual rate in the fourth quarter following four consecutive quarters of decline. most forecasters anticipate another moderate gain in the fourth quarter. had the economy falls in 2010 and beyond, it is less certain. on the one hand, those who see future weakness or even a relapse into the recession next year point out that some of the sources of the recent pickup including a reduced pace of inventory liquidation and limited time policies such as the cash for clunkers program are likely to provide only temporary support to the economy. on the other hand, those who are more optimistic point to indications of more fundamental improvements including strengthening the consumer spending outside of autos, a nation recovery at home construction, continued stabilization and financial conditions and stronger growth abroad. my own view is the recent pickup reflects more than purely temporary factors and their continued growth next year is likely. however, some important headwinds such
more income for the united states economy than the entire agricultural sector. the evidence is readily observable that carl is dying at an increasing rate, reducing substantially a development area for plankton which provides much of the nutrition that fish and sea life gets. every day we waste, today when it gets harder for our children and grandchildren to breathe, a day when even more young people are diagnosed with asthma and every day we waste, america risks ceding leadership and our future. we look at china. that country is already investing ten times more of its gross domestic product on clean energy than is the united states and yet the republicans on this committee have chosen to tread water when the floods are rushing over us. they say they don't like the process, but the truth is they don't like the facts. they don't want to deal with the issue and they recent the fact that we are making progress, good progress and certified by lots of scientific evidence and people of outstanding credibility. they say they want another epa analysis, but no matter how many times epa analyzes
the technology and all the wonderful drug therapy and the health care that we have now in the united states and i'm always concerned about the quality of health care. we want to make sure -- sure we need reform but we want to make sure there's that quality of health care that we have now. and we've got moms, doctors, nurses, caregivers and taxpayers and women that really play a critical role in the health care debate. 85% of women are the primary health care decisionmakers in the home and that's why we take this so seriously. the u.s. census bureau reports that 82 million adult women are moms and 32 million women have a child living in their home. so women are overwhelmingly supportive of health care reform but they want to know that this will improve the quality and affordability of their current health care. so many women and their families hire health care costs -- their families, higher health care costs means receiving care and going without. unfortunately the pelosi health care bill empowers government bureaucracies and undermines womens' ability -- women's ability to make the best health c
of freedom face new challenges. once again, people on the front line are looking to the united states. in labor camps in north korea, political prisons in cuba and burma, to the university also in venezuela and other places, dissidents and reformers are looking for support and strength. what america stands for liberty, they take heart. when they do not, the dictators tighten their grip. throughout my presidency, we met with families of political prisoners. the bush institute will continue this cause. we will support advocates of freedom around the globe. as a first step, we will assemble a freedom coalition, a depository of memoirs of letters from democratic activists. the freedom collection will be on line for the world to see. among the leaders to have agreed to participate or the president of liberia. the founder of iran's revolutionary guard, who became an advocate for democratic change. a man who spent 10 years in eight gulag. we will send a message to dissidents and underground preachers and political prisoners around the world, we hear your voice, and as you stand for your free
carver can testify to that. after 34 meetings with other members of the united states senate, 14 meetings with officials from the it obama a magician, 42 meetings with interested parties, and four trips overseas, i have found that a draft a bill that reduces emissions without harming the economy will require more than political will. it will require detailed review and analysis of the various international, which will have a striking effect on what we do, the technological, regional, and practical challenges as we tried to solve this global international issue. the customary international partners cannot understand the stark difference in the united states and what generates our electricity. they do not understand where our regions get our energy. we can all agree that pressing ahead in a bipartisan fashion is the most productive course that we can take. after conferring with my colleagues, the minority wants to work on this legislation and move forward to market this bill. sincerely, we want to do that. [unintelligible] i appreciate you inviting epa to explain his work to the committee t
to an argument in the united states supreme court. and i think anyone who has ever sat in that chamber, i still get goose bumps sitting there every time i go after 25 years. and i understand why so many justices president of pust supreme court think it would destroy the tradition of that court to have cameras. there's something sacred about what goes on in courtrooms. it's not supposed to be for amusement or entertainment and i do agree with what the judge just said, that ultimately the goal is to have the work done effectively in the courtroom and to the extent the cameras start distracting people and it's no fault of the media for whom i have great respect. you're not getting the work accomplished and i'm not sure exactly what you're gaining from that. so i have some real concerns. i think it is good that pilot programs, experimental programs, are going on. but i would not be one to leap into it. >> as an editor, mr. newhouse, do you think cameras should be in the court? >> well, my reporters have all heard me say that the newspaper is not homework. and we're here in ac deemia but people -- a
. at long last, we have a strong bill with a strong public option to take to the floor of the united states senate. [applause] this last weekend, i was on a train ride and when you go on a train ride, you pick up something to read. there was a book i picked up that i have not read it and a ticket with me. it's a book by harry reid called "the good fight." it is a surge of his life story and all of the good fights he had been, sticking up for people who are underprivileged and fighting for people who did not have much and trying to advance our country. harry, you're going to have to get a new edition of this book and add a new chapter. because this is another good fight you are leading for us here. [applause] i am sure glad you had that letter from harry truman. i knew that was an important day. that was my sixth birthday. [laughter] i remember it well. i said at that time, i'm going to be here and help carry harry truman bust dream forward. at six years of age. [laughter] i truly do want to thank senator reid for his patience and great leadership on this. what a great story there is to tell
, they all combined to limit the availability of vaccines and not just for the united states but for the world. the number of doses that had been produced continues to grow steadily. as of today, states have available 32.3 million doses ordered. morris certainly expected by the end of the week. -- more is certainly expected by the end of the week. we talked with the manufacturers every week and every day. we conduct site visits to our manufacturing partners to look at what is going on and talk about working together. we just completed another round of those site visits and we monitor the progress of every single lot of vaccine produced, working to see if we can make a better were possible. last week secretary sebelius and i spoke directly with the ceo's of each of the manufacturing companies, seeking to identify opportunities to work together to see the box of -- speed the delivery of vaccine for it while delays are frustrating, they reinforce the need to address our country's domestic manufacturing capacity, using new, faster, and more dependable technologies. and we need to
of state, central command and its components. the department has directed the departing units to follow a force depth deposition process for drawing down excess supplies and equipment. to force that process being executed todayÑi is to consume, redistribute, transfer and dispose. the responsible drawdown actions taken to date have been accomplished while repainting logistics flexibility to adjust to operational changes in mission requirements. with respect to contractors in iraq, their numbers will continue to decrease. while their numbers will not decrease as quickly as those of the military, the proportionally large contractor presence will be critical to help us close forward-operating bases and redeploy equipment. the ratio of contractors to military has been 1:1 for the past several years, but we predict this will increase to about 1.5:1 by next august. as the forward-operating bases close and equipment is redeployed, that number will start to decrease. these numbers will be :á and there will be a continual decrease in both contractors and military as drawdown progresses. we reco
of patients worldwide have benefited from this innovation, this innovation right here in the united states. innovation that will be stifled by the pelosi health care bill. there's another way. we can do better. house republicans have solutions that will lower costs by creating real choice in competition. we'll help those with pre-existing conditions to get meaningful health care coverage. we'll preserve u.s. leadership in medical innovations and education. and we'll reduce frivolous lawsuits in medicine that needlessly drive up the cost for families. as a heart surgeon, i know that we can achieve real health care reforms to bring down costs, but the democrats' current bill only lead to higher costs for millions of americans and destroy what's currently working in our system. there's a better way. there's a different way. there's a way to lower health care costs, help more people achieve a high quality doctor-patient relationship in this country and improve health care for all americans. vote down this bill and support the republican plan and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlem
. it goes down in the united states. you technically don't have the authority to demand the cell phone number of the contractor in your office. the privacy act all must be considered. what spot will do in thefáxd fu. we're building this airplane as we're flying it. what spot does in the feature is if we have it in lace and we start the entire process off, people are preregistering it, the database that you can use to help populate the other way. you can go to whatever security system they choose to use and populate that system. conversely, the cac card for u.s. government employees and contractors could end up being that security card in the future. in fact, that was the vision around 2007 and 2008 which we have not achieved, but the fundamental thing inside of both iraq and afghanistan is the requirement for security on the installations and access pre-dated the development of my office or spot and in 2004, roughly, both vase and vats were developed for the two theaters. i've argued, why do we have two? i've never gotten a good i've never gotten a good solution to @@@@@@@@ @ @ r h r
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